Philanthropy New York Elects New Board Members
On May 2, during the business meeting of Philanthropy New York's 43rd Annual Meeting, the membership elected three new members to PNY's Board of Directors. Philanthropy New York is fortunate to have a dedicated board – each member contributing their time and talents to ensuring that this organization is a vital resource for the philanthropic community in New York. These board members will be critical to guiding PNY'S forthcoming strategic direction, which will address current inequities in the philanthropic sector to shape more effective and impactful solutions. The new members of the board are:
- Channon Lucas, Chief Administrative Officer, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Channon serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the newly created Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. She most recently oversaw the daily operations of fourteen functional departments within the Archdiocese of New York and served as the liaison for the archdiocese’s charitable works. She successfully led large-scale capital programs including the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal and raised over $300 million for the pastoral and capital needs of the parishes of the archdiocese. As vice-chancellor, she managed high-priority, high-stakes initiatives such as the 2015 Papal Visit to New York and the launch of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Channon holds an MS in global affairs from New York University and a BA in politics from Ithaca College. She serves on the advisory board at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and on the Black Ministry Leaders Commission of the Archdiocese of New York.
- Jennifer Negron, Senior Program Officer, The Pinkerton Foundation
Jenny has a unique perspective on the value of Pinkerton grants. In 1998, three days after graduating from New York’s high school for pregnant and parenting teens and six weeks after the birth of her son Joel, she went to work as an “Explainer” in the Science Career Ladder program at the New York Hall of Science–a longtime Pinkerton grantee. While there, she completed her B.A. at Queens College and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration at Baruch College. She eventually rose to lead the 100 high school and college Explainers who guide thousands of visitors through the Hall of Science each year. Jenny has presented papers and led discussions at science education conferences at home and abroad and has been recognized as a Next Generation Getty Leadership Fellow. She brought her interest and expertise in youth programs and science and technology training to Pinkerton in January of 2012. Joel has been an Explainer himself and is now a college student.
- Tanuja Dehne, President & CEO, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Tanuja Dehne is the President & CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1974, the Dodge Foundation has distributed more than $500 million in grants and technical support to New Jersey nonprofits, with a focus on the arts, education, the environment, informed communities and local journalism, and poetry. With her team, Tanuja is leading Imagine a New Way, the Dodge Foundation’s transformation to become an antiracist organization, centering its work on racial equity and justice while designing a new model of philanthropy that democratizes power, redistributes wealth, and shifts economic control to communities in ways that are just and regenerative for people and the planet.
Tanuja is also a public company director and former C-level executive of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 power company. Tanuja brings perspective and experience from her cross-discipline roles to the C-suite and board room. She is a purpose-driven leader, cultivator of talent, and proven strategist. Tanuja is an award-winning corporate attorney, human resources professional, and community volunteer who thrives when making a positive difference in the lives of others. Tanuja is frequently called upon to share her expertise across the globe from New York, Austin, San Francisco, Brussels, and Davos.
Tanuja is a member of the Board of Directors of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT) where she serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Climate Real Impact Solutions II Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CLIM.U). She previously served on the Boards of Directors of Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE: ADSW) where she was Chair of the Compensation Committee (2017-2020); and Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY) where, during her tenure, she served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (2012-2017).
Tanuja recently served as a Senior Advisor on corporate governance matters for The B Team, an NGO focused on mobilizing global leaders to drive a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet. An active member of her community, Tanuja has served on several non-profit boards and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Lafayette College, New York Public Radio (Vice-Chair), and New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
The staff and Board expressed deep gratitude and appreciation to three Board members completing their term: Charles Buice, Pam Foster, and Yancy Garrido.
Philanthropy New York is fortunate to have a dedicated board – each member contributing their time and talents to ensuring that this organization is a vital and important resource for the philanthropic community in New York.
Philanthropy New York’s 2022 - 2023 Board of Directors
Kenneth Austin, Board Chair
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Wallace Foundation
Diahann Billings-Burford, Vice Chair
Trustee, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Jacqueline Jones, Vice Chair
President and CEO, Foundation For Child Development
Rosanna Aybar, Treasurer
Vice President, Finance and Administration, William T. Grant Foundation
Teresa Younger, Secretary
President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women
President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
President, Surdna Foundation
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Trinity Church Wall Street
President & CEO, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Deputy Vice President for Grants, The New York Community Trust
Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chief Administrative Officer, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Founder and Principal, Justice Associates, LLC
Senior Program Officer, The Pinkerton Foundation
President, New York Life Foundation
Executive Director, The Howard Gilman Foundation
Founder, Otra Forma Consulting
President and CEO, New York Health Foundation
President, The Henry Luce Foundation